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Dr. Dave Long

Dr. Dave Long

Dr. David Long was appointed by California Governor Schwarzenegger as the Secretary of Education for the State of California in March 2007 (Minister of Education). He served as policy advisor to the Governor on all education issues. Dr. Long has more than 40 years of experience in the field of education, ranging from more than 20 years of classroom teaching to the superintendency. He obtained his Ph.D. from top nationally ranked Iowa State University. Prior to his appointment by the Governor, Dr. Long was the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools.

Dr. Long established his first American international high school in Qingdao China, in 2012, serving as its Founding Principal of Education. He is working to establish additional American international schools in China and other countries. These schools will follow innovative California curriculum utilizing elite USA teachers.

Dr. Long is a former President of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). He is the Chairperson of the Federal Education Safe and Drug Free Schools and Community Advisory Committee.

He has been honored as California Administrator of the Year by the National Organization of Partners in Education, Superintendent of the Year, and received the Governor’s Award for School Leadership. He was also honored as the Inland Empire Entrepreneur of the Year for his innovative approach to raising student achievement through the Riverside County Achievement Teams.

He has been awarded the prestigious Marcus Foster Memorial Award from the Association of California School Administrators for outstanding leadership and significant contributions to public education by a school administrator.

Dr. Long served as a First 5 Riverside Commissioner, earned the Lifelong Learning Award from the Boy Scouts of America, and was awarded both the Honorary Service Award and the Golden Oak Service Award from the California State Parent Teachers Association (PTA).

Dave’s wife Joanne, is also an educator, served as a principal in the Corona-Norco Unified School District.

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